Sabean: Bonds' range-of-motion significantly better

Updated: July 11, 2005, 9:26 AM ET
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One high ranking member of the San Francisco Giants organization told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that mid-August is the new target date for Barry Bonds' return.

BUSTER OLNEY: LISTEN TO SNOW
The Sacramento Bee is reporting Monday morning that J.T. Snow, the longtime teammate of Barry Bonds, believes the slugger won't play again this year. Snow is basing that on what he calls gut instinct, and knowing how much work Bonds has to do to come back and play in left field.

There are many situations in which the players know as much as the average fan.

But when J.T. Snow makes this kind of prediction, you listen. More from Olney ...

Bonds' longtime teammate J.T. Snow, however, told the Sacramento Bee that his gut instinct is that the slugger won't play again this year.

As the Giants head into the All-Star break, Bonds remains in Los Angeles, where he has been for the past 2½ weeks, under the care of noted physical therapist Clive Brewster.

General Manager Brian Sabean said he's encouraged by Bonds' progress and that his range of motion is significantly better. But Bonds' running activities have been curtailed and he has yet to begin any baseball-related activities.

Until Bonds can really test his knees under heavy athletic activity and the demands of what it takes to play in the field on a daily basis in baseball, any timetable for his return can be nothing more than educated speculation.

At this stage in Bonds's comeback, there can really be nothing but educated speculation on his status. The doctors treating Bonds don't really know if and when he'll come back, because we've yet to see how his bad knees will respond to heavy athletic activity. Bonds doesn't really know when he'll come back, and neither does anybody in the San Francisco front office, or any of his teammates.

Bonds batted .362 last season with 45 homers and 101 RBI and walked a major league-record 232 times on the way to his record seventh MVP award last season.

Bonds has 703 career homers, 11 shy of Babe Ruth on the all-time list and 52 from tying Hank Aaron's record.

ESPN The Mag's Buster Olney contributed to this report.

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